Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20651
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le rat 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Mandak language 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Panatgin Village
Map
Collector
Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1976 
Acquisition method
Commissioned by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Raw material
Plant fibre, coconut
Dimensions
H: 185 mm W: 220 mm L: D: 50 mm Circum:

Description

Woven coconut leaf basket with a plaited base, split stem edges and tassels at each end of base. Registration number 20651 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

Le rat are personal baskets made by men and women to carry items such as betel but, betel nut containers, cigarettes or for larger items, such as taro or fish, to carry to market or to other villages. The baskets are made from coconut fronds, the stem is split and the leaves are weaved together, the size of the basket determines how many leaves are used [ref. Dr Elizabeth Brouwer, Material culture of New Ireland: A fieldwork report, Museum Catalogue No. 10, 1977].

Ms Elizabeth Brouwer purchased a number of items for the museum while carrying out research for her Ph.D. thesis among the Mandak people in Central New Ireland.

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